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Twitter announces image-sharing via text messaging

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On September 21, 2011, the official Twitter blog announced mobile users would have the capability to upload photos to Twitter through text messaging.

How many people will this affect?
There are few "hard" numbers about what type of phones people are using to access Twitter, but with 54% of users accessing Twitter through their phones and 70% of mobile phones in the United States being "basic" phones, the number could be very large. Twitter has 100 million active users, which means about 54 million are accessing their account through their phone, and potentially up to 37 million of those are using Twitter through text messaging. Those figures would most likely be very inaccurate because a general survey at Twitter users would likely reveal a high percentage using smartphones.

How does it work?
The user simply sends a text to their Twitter account, with the photo as an attachment. The photo will be uploaded just like a photo from the native Twitter apps or Twitter.com.

Twitter is investing heavily in image-sharing, which leads to the question of: how they are funding this? Just yesterday, Twitter announced that it would start accepting political ads, which could be a huge source to fund new features on Twitter. Seems to fit together very nicely.

FYI: If you access Twitter through text messaging, there are some very helpful hints on their blog entry from yesterday.

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